The Flash Season 3 Blu-ray Review
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Season 3 Review
Arguably the best of DC's generally excellent small-screen adaptations, The Flash goes forth into Season 3 with wild abandon, taking everything that had just about settled down in the last two seasons and spinning it on its head.Crime scene expert-turned-superhero Barry Allen has been through hell, facing off against the man who killed his mother, Reverse-Flash, before unlocking portals to an alternate Earth and battling the Flash-gone-bad from that world, Zoom. Gaining the ability to go so fast that he can pass through time, and, despite the fact that he knew that the ripple effect would change everything - including the lives of all the people around him who he loves - he ultimately made the decision to go back in time and save his mother. Now he has to deal with the world-changing effects of this drastic decision, struggling to reconnect with loved ones who no longer know him; and, more horrifyingly, finding his memories of them are being ripped from his mind as the new timeline that he has created slowly overwrites the old one.The third season of The Flash starts and ends strong, but falls into formula in the middle, changing things up at the outset - particularly with its excellent Flashpoint/Paradox double-episode debut (although not as good as either the comic or the animated movie it takes its name from) - but then falling into the trap of unleashing yet another evil speedster big bad. The ultimate twists of the show put a spin on things, and are a better revelations than that of Zoom's identity in Season 2, but the build-up doesn't feel fresh anymore, with Barry's dilemma in Flashpoint/Paradox arguably more original than anything else the season dishes up. Nonetheless, The Flash offers the best characters, actors, script and stories in the entire DC line-up (including Gotham) so even though Season 3 isn't as strong as those before, it's still very good viewing.
Picture QualityWarner's Region Free UK Blu-ray release of The Flash Season 3 comes complete with a largely strong 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition video presentation, framed in its original airing aspect ratio of 1.78:1 widescreen, that offers up consistency with the previous two seasons of the show.
The Blu-ray's image is generally very good
Detail is generally very good – rarely approaching levels of outright excellence, but similarly never dropping below a standard of 'very good'. There are some nice close-up skin textures, background details, and even clothing features, despite the frequently dark setting, with the night lit up by the electric neon flash-force energy of both Flash and his foe(s). The colour scheme is broad and allows for some striking primaries but, more importantly rich and natural tones which are vibrant and saturated. Black levels are also strong and deep, although they don't always survive either the sheer proliferation of shadows or the style of the piece, and some banding remains evident as a result. It's a glossy, typically framed HD superhero series from the DC/CW mantle, rarely achieving reference glory, but nevertheless delivering the goods.
Sound QualityThe accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is an energetic affair, as perhaps you would only expect from a show about the fastest man alive, with his whizzing, whirling, bolt-throwing, time-defying antics offering plenty of fuel to fan the surround activity and keep you aurally engaged.
A great aural accompaniment to this fun show
Although Supergirl is arguably the defining super-powered show, The Flash does a pretty good job keeping pace, with plenty of meta-action across the run, as their distinct powers are thrown across your surround array, a few of which engage with the LFE track in the process. The score keeps everything throttling along merrily, further allowing an impressive atmosphere to be generated, making it easy for you to get swept into the show and engulfed by the action. Dialogue remains prioritised throughout the piece, rising above the rest of the material, all of which allows for a great little aural accompaniment to this fun show.
ExtrasThe discs boast a slew of additional features
Season 3 of The Flash sports a slew of additional features, with a bevy of Featurettes looking into the time-travel in the show, the villains, and the music - with focus on the musical episode - as well as Grodd's kingdom, and, of course, the super-crossover episode. There are also 10 Deleted Scenes, a short conversation with writer/director Kevin Smith and producer Andrew Kreisberg, a Gag Reel, and a half-hour look at the 2016 Comic Con Panel.
Blu-ray VerdictEven though Season 3 isn't as strong as the previous two, it's still very good viewing
Warner's Region Free UK Blu-ray release of the third season of The Flash boasts very good video and excellent audio, as well as a strong selection of additional features, leaving it a must-have for fans of the show.
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